Out of Chicago IN-DEPTH
A live online photography workshop weekend
Take a deep dive into the methods of some of the world’s best photographers during this intensive, 3-day workshop weekend. Improve your photography as you practice what you’ve learned with assignments that get you out to shoot. Return to get feedback the following week for two epic days of image reviews where instructors will highlight and review what you and others have learned.
NEW FORMAT & SCHEDULE
Daily, immerse yourself in two, 4-hour interactive sessions. There will be time to hang out and get to know the instructors, enter to win prizes, play games and more. Leading up to the conference you’re invited to participate in photo challenges and panel discussions where you can listen to the pros share their personal views on a variety of topics.
DEEP DIVE WORKSHOP SESSIONS
August 21st: 1pm –9pm CT
August 22nd: 9am – 5:30pm CT
August 23rd: 9am – 5:30pm CT
GET OUT AND SHOOT
August 24th-September 2nd
EPIC GROUP IMAGE REVIEWS
September 3rd: 9am – 5:30pm CT
“OMG… this is awesome.”
GAIN NEW PERSPECTIVES FROM THESE WORLD-CLASS PHOTOGRAPHERS
INTERACT AND LEARN FROM 50+ OF OUR FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPHERS, PLUS SOME NEW ONES WITH A FRESH POINT OF VIEW.
“Great collection of talent! Thank you!!”
DEEP DIVE WORKSHOP SESSIONS
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE METHODS AND PROCESSES OF SOME OF THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHERS IN THE WORLD.
This is a brand new, interactive format with new, unique classes that have never been taught before, including 30+ advanced, deep dive sessions. Together, two instructors will lead each session and share their individual methods and practices on their favorite topic. Assignments will be given to get you out to shoot and return for an epic day of image reviews that highlight what you learned.
Over 30 deep-dive sessions to choose from. Here are just a few but more will be added leading up to the event.
DON’T GET THE “BLUES” OVER BLUE SKIES: HOW TO BE CREATIVE WITHOUT CLOUDS
David Kingham & Jennifer Renwick
What you will learn:
- How to let go of expectations in the field
- Identifying subjects that work well with clear days
- Techniques for shooting under blue sky condition
- Bringing these images to life in post processing
Gear needed: Camera, solid tripod, shutter release cable, coat, headlamp, weather app on phone (we recommend the app, “Windy.”
MASTERING LIGHT & COLOR: THE PROCESS OF CREATING LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHS WITH EMOTIONAL IMPACT
Michael Frye & Charlotte Gibb
Light and color are fundamental components of photography, heavily influencing the composition, mood, and message of an image. Yet these essential elements are often overlooked, or simplified and glossed over. In this session Charlotte Gibb and Michael Frye will take you on a deep dive into this vital topic, showing you how to master the subtleties of light and color so that you can create photographs with a strong message, and powerful emotional impact.
- How to use light to draw the viewer’s eye and tell a story
- Subtle, often overlooked qualities of light that can make a big difference
- Practical application of color theory in the field and in the digital darkroom
- Recognize and create harmonious color combinations to guide your visual story
Gear needed: Camera, lens, eyes
PHOTOGRAPHING PLANTS AND FLOWERS IN NEW, CREATIVE WAYS: AN IN-DEPTH EXPLORATION
Anne Belmont & Sarah Marino
- How to express your personal vision through photographing plants and flowers
- Learning to see plants and flowers in new, creative ways
- Essential composition, lighting, and processing concepts
VISUAL DESIGN, PATTERNS & ABSTRACTS: SEEING CREATIVELY CLOSE TO HOME
Lou Nettelhorst & Brenda Tharp
Join Brenda Tharp and Lou Nettelhorst for an inspiring, informational and interactive session and learn to see patterns and abstracts that arise from incorporating the elements of visual design. Whether natural or general subjects, applying visual design concepts when photographing can add impact to your photographs. With staying close to home, this class will inspire you to see creatively right where you are. Through a joint presentation, Lou and Brenda will lay the foundation of good design, and take it further to help you see and photograph patterns and abstracts that can arise from incorporating design in your pictures. We’ll also discuss the importance of light, and how the elements of design are utilized in creating intimate landscapes. We’ve built in a mid-session exercise and an opportunity to share your results online, along with ample time for Q&A.
What you will learn:
- Learn key elements of design and their importance
- See and use the light you have
- Apply design concepts through practice
- Gain insight and inspiration from shared mid-session assignment photographs
Gear needed: Any camera/lens combination will do. Be prepared to photograph mid-session either inside or outside in the area close to your home.
MACRO MADNESS: ELEVATE YOUR ART
Todd Nettelhorst & Monica Royal
Monica & Todd are fun with a capital “F”. In this workshop you’ll read, write, walk, talk, look, listen, and think macro. They have a refined & exciting process for figuring out what to do when you don’t know what to do. This crazy energetic, interactive class will send you away with a full understanding of the elements of art and the principles of design while breaking down the technical complexity of your equipment answering the ever present question; “What does this button do???” You’ll leave being able to create spectacular macro artwork in a way that you NEVER have before. Awards and prizes!!!
What you will learn:
- Finding your creative voice
- Elements of art and principles of design
- Apply the rules of visual design
- Navigating the technical complexities of macro photography
Gear needed: Camera & manual, tripod, macro lens or equivalent
HOW TO BE A HAPPY PHOTOGRAPHER!
Alister Benn & TJ Thorne
We bet when you got into landscape photography you did so with fabulous expectations of less stress, more time in nature, a healthier lifestyle, self-fulfillment, getting your creative juices flowing and expressing your inner you.How many of you are now more stressed and frustrated by lack of results, or your work being under appreciated online? TJ Thorne & Alister Benn have the answer. Join us and we’ll help you take back photography for you and make you a happier photographer, and more importantly, a happier person. (and make totally awesome unique photographs!)
What you will learn:
- Identifying the barriers to Happiness
- Finding your unique path
- Express the real you, not a veneer
- Self-actualization 101
Gear needed: Camera, lens, ability to breathe
BEYOND THE SINGLE IMAGE: FROM FINDING TO REFINING THE PROJECT
Jack Curran & Brooks Jensen
Fine Art Photographer, Publisher and Blogger, Brooks Jensen (LensWork) and Fine Art Black & White Landscape Photographer Jack Curran have organized a series of in-depth sessions designed to help you expand your vision, tell more deeply relevant stories and evolve your personal photography. For many of us, finding that one great image seems to be the ultimate pursuit. However, when we start to consider our personal growth and vision as photographers, we need to look beyond our greatest hits. These sessions are intended to help you look deeper, communicate more personal photographic stories, and find a new level of engagement with your work and the viewer.
What you will learn:
- Visual Storytelling, implied content and connection between images
- Working a database, Lightroom collections, ideas and assets
- Mining for discovery, photographic style, examples in post-processing
- Titles, text, writing
- Media and alternatives
Gear for assignments:Your camera, computer and favorite software tools; Adobe Lightroom – Classic (Preferred for demonstration and live demo); Access to an archive of your images, and a way to organize them.
FLOWER PHOTOGRAPHY: JOURNEY FROM THE FIGURATIVE TO ABSTRACT
Alan Shapiro & Jamie Konarski Davidson
Flower photography invites many variations from traditional or figurative presentations to moreinterpretive or abstract images. Join Alan Shapiro and Jamie Konarski Davidson as they lead youthrough the process of photographing flowers from a more realistic perspective to a more artisticapproach that leaves reality by the wayside. There are wonderful opportunities for image making fromboth perspectives and the points in between. Beyond the crafting of the image is the unique vision ofthe photographer. Alan and Jamie will share their workflow thoughts and vision with images in thepost-processing choices made for several subjects in this session.
What you will learn:
- Unique approaches to flower photography
- Creative workflow for subjects beyond flowers
- Different tools for flower exploration
- Post-processing pathways for your vision
Gear Needed: Flowers! Find your favorites and bring them to the table. Plus:
Alan: Your favorite photo gear, a tripod plus… To photograph on black: black velvet, black reflector or ablack piece of styrofoam or board from an art supply or craft store. To photograph on white: a lightbox,white reflector card, white softbox, white piece of plexiglass
Jamie: Macro lens best, but other lenses will work; Lensbaby (optional), diopters (ie., Canon 500D), diffuser/reflector set, tripod. Software: Photoshop, Nik Collection by DxO, Topaz Studio 2 (Impression &Texture)
TELLING YOUR STORY: CREATIVITY, SYMBOLS, AND PERSONAL FREEDOM
Charles Needle & Freeman Patterson
- Why you are a deeply creative person
- The importance of making images entirely for yourself
- The importance of reviewing your own body of work and seeing how it reflects you
- Why symbols in your art are expressions of you
UNLEASH THE POWER OF LIMITATIONS: FROM DIGITAL TO FILM
Valerie Jardin & Chris Marquardt
- You don’t have to travel far to find amazing photo opportunities that will help you grow as a photographer.
- Setting limitations before you start the project will enhance the growth, the experience, the meritand the result.
- The order of decisions in your workflow matters more than you think. You will leave this sessionwith new skills, ideas and impulses that you can transfer to your digital photography.
Gear Needed: 1 camera, 1 lens. And for Chris’ assignment: your most simple camera (preferably film,but a smartphone will do in a pinch)
VISUALIZATION-DRIVEN PHOTOGRAPHY: FROM IDEA TO EXECUTION
Colleen Miniuk & Guy Tal
- What visualization is (and is not)
- How developing a visualization habit—without forming expectations—can positively influenceyour photography practice
- Where visualization fits in the creative process
- How to incorporate visual language to convey emotion and symbolism in your photographs
- How to develop and refine your vision throughout the image-making lifecycle—from recognizingan experience in the field to capturing and processing a photograph.
HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY COMBINE TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY WITH TRAVEL WRITING
Ralph Velasco & Kav Dadfar
- The different writing opportunities there are
- How to pitch an article to a clientHow to structure and write your articles
- Tips and advice on photography for articles
CREATIVE APPROACHES TO FINE ART ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Angie McMonigal & John Kosmopoulos
- Impactful compositions
- Creative themes for a series
- A spectrum of fine art approaches
- How to edit photos based on your own vision
From Your Heart to Art: Unlocking Your Photographic Potential
Alan Ross & Ted Orland
- Establishing workflow from concept to completion
- Strategies that promote photographic breakthroughs
- How Aesthetics Inform Technique
- How Technique Influences Content
- How to Start, When to Stop
- What’s Important, What’s Not
- Making Your Photographs Yours
Gear needed: Nothing special needed.
Channeling the Muse: Working with Sources of Inspiration
Erin Babnik & Enrico Fossati
- Where to find inspiration
- How to analyze what you see to identify the compositional and stylistic traits that interest you
- How to “make it your own” in the field and in post-processing
Greater than the Sum of its Prints
John Barclay & Peter Cox
An often overlooked skill in photography is producing a coherent body of work. When a group of images complement each other well, they transcend their own qualities and become something greater. Whether it’s as simple as a triptych to hang on the wall, a portfolio of prints to leaf through or a full-scale book, pursuing a longer term project can be immensely rewarding and challenging. It can drive you and free you from a creative rut.
Landscape photographers John Barclay and Peter Cox will share their experience producing bodies of work for both personal and commercial purposes. Peter runs a landscape photography gallery in Ireland and has produced and self-published three commercially successful books – “The Irish Light”, “Atlantic Light” and the upcoming “The Skelligs: Islands on the Edge of the World”. Each book was funded through Kickstarter, and each smashed its funding goal. He will pass on his knowledge of coming up with a successful idea, designing and producing the book, and running a good crowdfunding campaign. John is a respected photographer, lecturer, and workshop leader whose passion is to unlock your creativity and help you believe in your own ability to create something wonderful. Together they will inspire you to work on a project that will lead to one of three goals: 1) A panel of ten loose prints to be assembled into a beautiful portfolio, or 2) A Blurb book created via the Lightroom Book module, or 3) A fully-fledged Kickstarter campaign to produce a commercial photo book.
What you will learn:
- An overview of the Lightroom Book module to create a blurb book.
- How to create and print a portfolio of ten images.
- How Peter went from an idea to a successful Kickstarter campaign, three times!
- How to find, organize and begin your printed media project. Either curating your existing work into a coherent body, or shoot a new project from scratch.
- Peter’s thoughts on long term projects. How to begin and how to stay focused.
Gear needed: Adobe Lightroom Classic and/or Adobe Photoshop with Bridge.
Creating Compelling Images: Landscapes & Floral in B&W & ICM
Jackie Kramer & Tony Sweet
B&W images can make a statement which yield powerful impact. Stories emerge as forms dance between light & shadow. Tony and Jackie will offer their insight into what constitutes ideal candidates for B&W in landscape & floral images, respectively. Follow along as they each demonstrate techniques for B&W conversion & creativity in post-processing using Lightroom, Photoshop, Nik, Luminar.
Then take a journey into the magical world of ICM which begins when the camera & maker conspire to create an image full of art & energy. Continue through post-processing with examples that will elucidate the thought process and techniques employed. You will leave with a yearning to pick up your camera & paint the world with movement that flows throughout your images.
What you will learn:
- How to select good candidates for B&W
- Editing techniques for classic & artsy looks
- How to move your camera for pleasing ICM
- Interpreting scenes & editing techniques
Gear needed: Macro lens (Regular or any Lensbaby optic); Short telephoto: 24-70mm/ 24-120mm range; Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop; Variable Neutral density/ Polarizer; Translucent Diffuser (20 – 22 inch)
A Photography Trip: From planning to processing
David Akoubian & Cecil Holmes
- How to research locations
- How to use Apps to plan a shoot
- How to pack properly
- How to finish your image
Landscape Photography: From Idea to Print
Albert Dros & Francesco Gola
Capturing a beautiful landscape photograph is an adventure that starts even before we go on field with our camera and ends by hanging a magnificent print on the wall!
In this class you’ll discover how to turn an idea into a plan that you can follow on the field and we’ll show you all our tricks to post process your image effectively and get the most out of it for both online publication and print!
What you will learn:
- How to develop an idea in Landscape Photography
- How to make digital scouting and to plan your shot
- The best settings for landscape photography to get the most of your gear
- Postprocessing techniques
- How to finalize for web or for print
Gear needed: Google Earth / MyMaps; PhotoPills (recommended, not mandatory); Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop; A camera and a tripod
Shift Your Perspective: Top Tips for Unleashing Your Creativity
Ian Plant & Kurt Budliger
Do you want to take photos that stand out from the crowd? Then you need to radically transform the way you shoot. During this engaging presentation, photo pros Ian Plant and Kurt Budliger share their top techniques for approaching photography subjects in a unique, creative, and fresh way. This presentation will change the way you see the world, helping you to take your photography to new heights.
What you will learn:
- New ways of creatively seeing the world
- Gear that can enhance your creativity
- Composition and lighting styles with maximum impact
- A more artistic approach to photography
Gear needed: No special gear is needed. All you need is a willingness to push personal creative boundaries, and not being afraid to fail.
iPhone Magic: From iPhone to iPad and SnapSeed to Photoshop
Jack Davis and Rad Drew
Jack and Rad will take you on a creative journey into the nooks and crannies of your native camera. You’ll learn new options for optimizing and retouching images, creating collages, and embellishing photos. You’ll be introduced to new features of your phone and new apps that will invigorate your creative process!
What you will learn how to:
- Maximize the Native camera
- Optimize your Images
- Retouch landscapes, portraits, and faces
- Create collages and composite images
- Embellish and stylize
Gear needed: iPhone or iPad (Note: primarily for iPhone, but Android users are welcome. Android compatible apps are marked with an asterisk (*) in the list below)
Lightroom* for Mobile (free version ok); Snapseed*; Photoshop Fix; TouchRetouch; Faces; Image Blender; Photoshop for iPad; DreamScope; Waterlogue; Bluristic*; Focos
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who is this for?
Photography enthusiasts and pros, all levels of passionate photographers are welcome. Out of Chicago IN-DEPTH is for the photographer who wants to immerse themselves in a weekend of photography and take a deep dive on some of their favorite topics, getting to know better the photographers that teach them. It is for someone that wants access to a premier package of photography presentations and tutorials to watch later. And for all those who want to belong to a special photography community.
How does an Out of Chicago online conference work?
This works just like our in-person conferences, but all sessions take place online in the comfort of your home using your computer. Our Out of Chicago Community will be the hub where everything takes place including access to all live presentations and sessions, interactive forum discussions and more.
What makes this different than watching videos?
This is a live, interactive photography event. All interactive sessions will take place online, connecting together 50+ leading professional photographers with 500+attendees from around the world. You will interact real time with a passionate photography community and learn face to face from some of the world’s best instructors. This event is more than a series of slide shows.
This is a 3-day, interactive workshop weekend where each deep dive session will give you concrete, technical take aways to send you off to practice what you learn and improve your photography. Then return for for a group image review where instructors highlight what you’ve learned and more.
How do I watch the sessions online?
Sessions will be live-streamed using the Zoom video conferencing platform. We will have detailed instructions on how to use Zoom in the weeks leading up to the conference. We will also have several sessions leading up to the conference where you’ll get a chance to try it out. Just like our in-person conferences, our team will help you every step of the way.
What types of sessions can I choose from?
There will be 30+ advanced, deep dive sessions lead by two instructors who will share their individual methods and practices on their favorite topic. Assignments will be given to get you out to shoot and return for an epic day of image reviews that highlight what you learned.
What if I miss a class?
All presentations and interactive sessions will be recorded and available to view after the event for at least 12 months following the conference.
Will I be able to get into the classes I want?
Sessions are unlimited so you may choose your perfect schedule.
Do I need to have a webcam and microphone?
If you want to participate as a face-to-face participant you will need a webcam and microphone. Most computers today have them built in. If you’d like to simply watch the sessions, you can do that from any device.
What if I don’t want to be a face-to-face participant?
No problem! Anyone can watch any of the sessions and submit questions and comments through the group chat.
How do I upload images for the group image reviews?
Image uploads will take place through our discussion forum as part of the Out of Chicago community.
How do I get access to the online community?
You will receive an invite to the community when you register for the conference.
Do I need to be present all three days and the image reviews?
Feel free to participate and watch as much as possible over the weekend and jump in for the image reviews a week later. You can watch what you miss after the conference is over.
Are you selling a one-day ticket?
No. One ticket will give you access to all sessions during and after the conference.
Because you will have access to all of the courses after the conference, we are not offering refunds for this event.